NEW ACTIVITY FOR KIDS: The library in downtown Wilmington presents Legos at the Library, a monthly event for children in grades K through 5 beginning in January. See details and dates here.
SEASON OF GIVING: Community Boys & Girls Club and Bigg B of Coast 97.3 team up on Dec. 12 from 5-7:30pm at Walmart in Wilmington (Monkey Junction location) to help provide toys for kids in need. Donated toys will be delivered to children ages 3-19 during a holiday party on Dec. 20. All donated toys must be new and unwrapped, fun and not violent (toy guns, knives, etc). For more information call Nadya or Tina at (910) 762-1252.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IS HERE! There are lots of opportunities to hear festive music including the following events: A Dailey and Vincent Christmas, the Down Home Country Christmas Show, the Sounds of the Season Christmas Show, the Christmas Jazz Concert, the Hoggard HS Holiday Choral Concert, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the WSO Holiday Matinee, Candlelight Concert, Tuba Christmas, and the New Horizons Holiday Concert.
HELP A FAMILY IN NEED: The Cape Fear Volunteer Center's annual Holiday Gift Drive features two locations to pick up “gift tags” and drop-off gifts: The CFVC Office (214 Walnut Street, Wilmington, Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm, Fri, 9am-noon); and Park Sterling Bank (3701 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). There is specific gift information for one child/family member per tag.
NEW TAX ON EVENTS: Effective Jan. 1, a new law expands the state sales tax to a broad range of admissions charges – including movies, college and professional sporting events, concerts, plays and museums. The sales tax applied to those events includes both the 4.75% state rate plus additional sales tax levied at the county level. That boosts the total tax from 6.75% to 7.5%, depending on the location. Tickets that initially go on sale before Jan. 1 aren’t subject to the new tax – even if those tickets aren’t purchased until 2014.
DRAMA FOR KIDS: Performance Club is a tuition based theater program with no auditions, and offers two sessions in 2014 that are now open for registration: Storybook Theater, Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 13 (final performance, March 14 at the Wrightsville Beach Amphitheater); and Mamma Mia Sing-A-Long, Thursdays, March 20-May 29 (final performance, May 30).
BUY A BOOK, FEED THE HUNGRY: Mention the Food Bank as you check out at Books A Million (BAM) at Hanover Center (3501 Oleander Drive) on the following dates, and BAM will donate 10% of purchases directly to benefit the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC: Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.